Also it’s good preparation for zombie apocalypses/Hunger Games that could be present in our distant futures. Train now, survive later!
TIP #1: START HYDRATING 3 HOURS BEFORE YOUR RUN
I’ve spent the last four years of my life learning all I can about health and fitness and tracking down photos of cats that look like Ron Swanson. If I had a time machine, these would be the things I would have told myself at the beginning of my journey:
1. Calorie counting promotes obsessive behavior.
Sure, calorie counting can help you get a better picture of how much you’re eating and if you’re snacking on junk food when you’re not hungry, but you shouldn’t do it regularly.
2. Weight loss isn’t necessarily the same thing as fat loss.
You may be thrilled when the numbers go down on the scale, but the scale is unreliable. What you weigh depends on a number of factors, including the breakfast that’s digesting in your stomach, the salt content in your body, the amount of water you’ve drank that day, among other things. When the scale decreases, it could be just a fluctuation in those variable. Or, if you’re not doing enough strength training, you could be losing valuable muscle mass, which leads to a slowdown of your metabolism and fat gain in the long run.
But when you get rid of fat and replace it with muscle, you may not gain or lose any weight, but you’ll be slimmer since a pound of muscle takes up less space than a pound of fat. More on this subject here. [Read more…]
On the hierarchy of healthy drinks, sodas and sugary drinks are rotting at the bottom of the heap while Green Tea is crowned mighty overlord and is worshiped by the townsfolks and showered in gifts made of Aztec gold and the fleeces of lambs killed in ritual sacrifice.
Basically, green tea improves brain and heart function, speeds your metabolism, and comes in many delicious variations.
Here are five things you didn’t know about this nutritious beverage!
1. You’re drinking it wrong. Most people boil water for tea, but when you add tea to boiling water, you kill the healthy catechins that make green tea such a potent health beverage. Save the catechins! Heat your tea up to 160-170 degrees, instead.
2. You don’t have lemon in it. In order for your body to absorb the good-for-you vitamins green tea brings to the plate, add a wedge of lemon or some lemon to your tea. The vitamin C makes it easier to absorb.
3. Green tea helps relieve stress. You have our good ol’ buddy the amino acid theanine to thank for this benefit. Go for the decaf green tea if you’re really stressed — in some people, too much caffeine can have the opposite effect.
4. Green tea improves cell function. That’s why it’s the best beverage on the block! Green tea’s ability to refresh your cells leads to benefits like cancer prevention.
5. Green tea doesn’t have to be green tea. Well, not in the traditional sense, anyways. If you’re not a green tea fan, you can get teas like Sport Tea that are a blend of several different kinds of teas. This helps you get all the best benefits in one cup!
When you’re a Freshman in college, a meal plan is usually required. Here’s how to eat healthy when you eat all your meals in a dining hall!
1. Check the menu. If you have more than one dining hall on campus, check the menus of all of them for that day and pick the best option. Usually, dining hall menus are posted online and recur weekly.
2. Use the salad bar. You can make boring salads interesting by mixing and matching what’s available to you! Make a summer salad with fruit and spinach and a raspberry vinaigrette. Just make sure to watch the amount of dressing you put on!
3. Avoid the pizza. Dining halls often have a lot of junk food options available at hot food stations, such as chili cheese fries and pizza. Avoid these and instead go for better options such as whole wheat veggie burgers,
4. Oatmeal is your friend. At my college, breakfast usually consists of pancakes, waffles, greasy hash browns, donuts, pasteries — all in all, a pretty unhealthy fare. But in the waaaay back there was an oatmeal bar with raisins, walnuts, and other good toppings. Just don’t go crazy on the brown sugar!
5. Timing is everything. My dining hall was least crowded right before or after traditional meal times. I suggest going to breakfast before 9am, lunch before 11:30am, and dinner before 5:30pm. Often times, my dining hall would run out of healthy vegetarian options really fast so going at odd times was essential to getting good food.
Good luck and have a great year!
Before the 30 Day Clean Eating Challenge, I was eating relatively healthy (lots of fruits and veggies and protein) but I had bad habits that stuck around. I ate a lot of processed foods and white flour, and I craved these things. I also ate way too much sugar.
Now, those cravings and bad habits are gone, and my body’s thanking me for it! I’m healthier, skinnier, stronger, and more energetic. I’m going to continue clean eating for the rest of my life, and I’m really excited to learn more clean recipes and continue working out so I can reach all my goals.
Here are my results of the clean eating challenge:
I dropped 6lbs and 1% of my body fat through clean eating. I lost inches off my waist and hips. I’m at a healthy weight — and I was before the challenge as well — so weight loss was not something I was striving to do this month. I didn’t count calories. I just ate healthy, did strength and HIIT workouts, and saw my body changing. I also dropped a jean size over the summer, which was unexpected but welcome. I’m now around sizes 4 and 6 depending on the brand, instead of around 6 or 8. This is huge for me since I’m pear shaped! More strength training and cleaning up my diet is the reason why all this happened. [Read more…]
To be perfectly honest, most of what I eat for dinner is often what others eat for breakfast or lunch. But when I do actually eat a “real” clean dinner, these are my go-to recipes!
1. Egg Drop Soup
These recipe is a great rainy day soup that takes like twenty minutes tops and more like 5-10 minutes if you’ve got mad cooking skillz. [Read more…]
Packing school lunches is not an easy task — especially if you’re trying to eat clean! Luckily, I put together a list of seven healthy school lunches that will still be fresh and delicious by the time lunch rolls around! [Read more…]
When you change your eating habits, it can take time for you to adjust. When I started this challenge, I had trouble making sure I was getting enough healthy calories, and I was really hungry all day. Slowly, I discovered that I needed to eat enough protein and foods like nuts and pistachios and almond butter in addition to my intake of fruits and veggies in order to stay full.
Binge eating, or overeating a large amount of junk food in a short time, is a real problem. I got a lot of questions from readers about this topic every day on my Tumblr.
Eating everything in sight can be both an emotional response, or a response to hunger. Remember, the key to good health is eating PLENTY of good food! Starving yourself is NEVER the answer.
Here are five ways to stop binge eating: [Read more…]